Zach Brooks co-hosts the Food Is The New Rock podcast and founded Midtown Lunch.
What was the food highlight of your year?
I’m going to have to go with the 8 person meal I had at Chi Spacca, here in Los Angeles (not by myself obviously, but with 7 other people.) We took over the counter and had enough people to tackle a good portion of the menu - including the $175 bisteca fiorentina and the insanely rich and delicious bone marrow pie. Also, their charcuterie is hands down the best in the city.
Update: Ate at State Bird Provisions last night, and it wasn’t even close. Best meal of 2013.
What was the music highlight of your year?
Matt & Kim at Outside Lands and Haim at Life is Beautiful. Both surprised me in the best way possible.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
This is an easy one. We had Chef Jamie Bissonnette from Toro (NYC & Boston) on the podcast this year when he was in L.A. doing a pop up dinner with Viet Pham and Ricardo Zarate, and during the interview he mentioned how much of a huge Fitz & the Tantrums fan he was. Coincidentally enough we were talking to Noelle from Fitz about coming on the podcast that same week, so we surprised Jamie by bringing her to his pop up dinner. The food was amazing (naturally) and we created a life long friendship.